Indonesian Heroes ; R. A. Kartini

Ibu-kita-kartiniRaden Ajeng Kartini, is a Javanese and an Indonesian national heroine. Kartini was a pioneer in the area of women’s rights for Indonesians.  Kartini was born into an aristocratic Javanese family when Java was part of the Dutch colony of the Dutch East Indies.  She was born into a family with a strong intellectual tradition.
Kartini’s family allowed her to attend school until she was 12 years old. Here, among other subjects, she learnt to speak Dutch, an unusual accomplishment for Javanese women at the time. After she turned 12 she was ‘secluded’ at home, a common practice among Javanese nobility, to prepare young girls for their marriage. During seclusion girls were not allowed to leave their parents’ house until they were married, at which point authority over them was transferred to their husbands. Kartini’s father was more lenient than some during his daughter’s seclusion, giving her such privileges as embroidery lessons and occasional appearances in public for special events. More


Indonesia National Costume; Kebaya

If japan has kimono, korea has hanbok, india has sari, then in malay we have “kebaya”. In every formal events, such as wedding party, malay women, including indonesian women,  wear kebaya.

A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand. It is sometimes made from sheer material such as silk, thin cotton or semi-transparent nylon or polyester, adorned with brocade or floral pattern embroidery. Kebaya usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif.  More

Indonesia Famous Public Figure; Singers

Well-known Indonesian singers;

dr. Toompi


Teuku Adifitrian or well-known as Tompi is Indonesian Jazz Singer, born in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, 22 September 1978. Tompi is also a doctor, he was currently completed studies in the field of Plastic Surgery specialist in 2010 (from University of Indonesia). Album lists:

One of his hit singles; ‘Sedari Dulu’ from My Happy Life Album

Tompi’s official site


Anggun Cipta Sasmi (born 29 April 1974, in Jakarta, Indonesia) is an Indonesian-born French singer/songwriter. She has released 12 studio albums (5 in Indonesian and English, 4 in French) and one soundtrack album (Open Hearts), and her songs have also been included on various compilation albums. (source: Wikipedia)

Anggun C. Sasmi

Anggun C. Sasmi


Mother Songs of Indonesia

Famous songs that written and dedicated by Indonesian songwriters to their mother.

Bunda – Melly Goeslow

Kubuka album biru
Penuh debu dan usang
Ku pandangi semua gambar diri
Kecil, bersih, belum ternoda

Pikirkupun melayang
Dahulu penuh kasih
Teringat semua cerita orang
Tentang riwayatku

Kata mereka diriku slalu dimanja
Kata mereka diriku slalu dtimang

Nada nada yang indah
Slalu terurai darinya
Tangisan nakal dari bibirku
Takkan jadi deritanya

Tangan halus dan suci
Tlah mengangkat diri ini
Jiwa raga dan seluruh hidup
Rela dia berikan More

Indonesian Famous Poems

Some of many well-known poems written by Indonesians poets. These are old but very popular and appear in many Indonesian movies as quotes.

AKU INGIN (1987)
Sapardi Djoko Damono

Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana;
dengan kata yang tak sempat diucapkan kayu kepada api yang menjadikannya abu
Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana;
dengan isyarat yang tak sempat disampaikan awan kepada hujan yang menjadikannya tiada

Sapardi Djoko Damono

I want to love you with simple way;
with words that the wood didnt get to say to the fire which burn it into ashes
I want to love you with simple way;
with cues that the cloud didnt get deliver to the rain that make it disappear

Taufik Ismail

Dengan puisi aku bernyanyi
Sampai senja umurku nanti More

Traditional houses (rumah adat/ rumah tradisional) in Indonesia

There are traditional houses in Indonesia in each province. Yet, it’s not completed, because each province could have many tribes and various architectures.

Tongkonan House, Sulawesi Selatan

Soraja House, Sulawesi Tengah

Traditional costumes (pakaian adat/ pakaian tradisional) in Indonesia

There are traditional costumes in Indonesia in each province. 
Yet, they are not completed and also not detailed pictures here, 
because each province could have many tribes and characteristics. 
Besides, each tribe have various design of customes, 
for example; clothes design for wedding is different than other design 
for traditional dance to welcoming guest. 
Kalimantan Tengah

Kalimantan Selatan

Kalimantan Barat

Jawa Timur (Madura) -> Other places in Jawa Timur have traditional costums 
like Jawa Tengah's 

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